Editor’s Note: This excerpt was published April 4, 1974, the day after an F5 tornado destroyed the City of Xenia.
XENIA — The grim death count continued to rise all morning as ambulances brought the fatalities to the OSSO Home Armory, serving as a temporary morgue.
Last night a temporary morgue was set up in the new wing at Greene Memorial Hospital, where county coroner Justin Krause and sheriff’s detectives fingerprinted and tagged 21 bodies.
The bodies were then transported to the Montgomery County morgue. There the victims were photographed for later identification.
This morning, the omrgue was moved and the same process continued until about 28 bodies had been transferred to Montgomery County.
Officials said all bodies will now be kept at the OSSO Armory and identification will be made there by relatives.
The number of dead was expected to rise considerably as the day progresses since more bodies have been found today in the rubble. A child victim died last night at Children’s Medical Center. Theresa Cross, 2, daughter of Mrs. Charles Cross, 795 Doral Drive, died of injuries about 10 p.m.
GMH officials gave definite identification on another victim, Dorothy Rowland, but with no age or address.